Taupo - the major tourist centre for the North Island
Taupo is the principal town for the central North Island of New Zealand. This huge area stretches from thermal Orakei Korako in the north to the Tongariro National Park in the south. It includes snow capped mountains, fresh water Lake Taupo, pristine native bush, steaming thermal areas, and one of the world's only Dual World Heritage Parks.
Taupo is only a few hours drive from any North Island city. The commercial district offers exciting retail shopping, cafes, bars, restaurants, and cultural and entertainment facilities. Golf enthusiasts love Taupo with two courses at the Taupo Golf Club as well as the Wairakei International Golf Club. Other popular activities include, bungy jumping, sky diving, and water sports. The ski fields of Whakapapa and Turoa are within easy reach.
Nearby are geothermal and volcanic areas and the famous Wairakei Park. Wairakei Park includes the majestic Huka Falls on the Waikato River and lots of visitor attractions, including Mind Junction. Lake Taupo (New Zealandâ€™s largest lake) and its tributary streams are world famous for large fighting rainbow and brown trout, especially the Tongariro River.
Taupo is heralded as the events capital of New Zealand. Events include the International Ironman, the Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - with ten thousand riders completing the 160 km road ride around Lake Taupo, the 12 Hour mountain bike event â€“ the biggest of its type in the world, the Oxfam Trail walker, and the Odyssey 3 Day Mountain Bike Race to name some of the larger ones.
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